Weaning and IBS

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Weaning and IBS
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Sat, 04-30-2011 - 3:38pm

Hey ladies - I really need some input from you on this!

I was diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) a couple years ago. For those of you not familiar with this (TMI alert), basically I get gas pains/cramps, diarhea and constipation - rarely do I have normal bowel movements. However, I started taking medication for it and it helped things considerably. Once I got pregnant I had to go off of it. Luckily, my IBS symptoms basically disappeared during pregnancy and even after.

Until now that is :( I have been slowly weaning off the pump, and this week I have weaned down to one pump a day. Now my IBS symptoms seem to be back full force and it's awful.

Now this is where I am stuck. I was hoping to stay at one pump for at least the next month or longer to continue giving Evan breast milk. BUT, I can't take the medication. So, do I suck it up and feel awful for the next month or so, or do I give up pumping sooner?

Help! What would you do?





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Registered: 09-08-2007
Wed, 05-04-2011 - 10:06pm

Alyssa--Congrats on pumping for so long, that is awesome!

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 12:57pm
Jess - IBS is actually pretty hard to diagnose, since so many other stomach issues have similar symptoms. Most people get diagnosed with IBS after other things get ruled out. Here's an article on PubMed about it: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001292/




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Registered: 02-26-2008
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 10:43am

I am a little late to this discussion so you might have already made up your mind, but I would wean and stop pumping. If you aren't feeling well you might not be able to be a good mommy to Evan. GL and Sorry they are back in full force.

I do have a IBS question for you - You can choose not to answer if it's TMI. But what is considered a normal BM? I swing back and forth from being constipated and having gas pains and such to much more looser. I assumed it was from what I was eating and I know that recently since I upped my Anti-depressant doasage in January that I am more constipated than normal which is a common side effect to that med. Just curious. TIA


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Registered: 04-22-2006
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 7:34am
Thanks for the congratulations, ladies! I am proud of myself for making it so far, especially after how hard it was for the first couple of months and dealing with huge clogs and stuff!




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Registered: 04-07-2003
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 1:00am
Oh yeah, I meant to congratulate you on pumping for over 6 months too! That's how long I pumped for - my goal was a year but it was just way too hard. The huge bout of mastitis-turned-abcess didn't help things.... In the end I was proud of making it to 6.5ish months and didn't regret my decision to stop!


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Registered: 03-29-2008
Mon, 05-02-2011 - 9:16pm

I'm on the IBS train, too!

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Mon, 05-02-2011 - 8:24pm
Kelly - Yes! That's exactly what it's like when I have a flare up! It's awful! I've had to cancel on several social engagements. Sometimes I have to make sure I'll be close to a bathroom at all times just in case. I will definitely look into the Acacia Tummy Fiber once I return from our trip. Thanks so much for sharing!




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Registered: 04-07-2003
Mon, 05-02-2011 - 8:01pm

OMG Alyssa I have IBS too. I was diagnosed at 17. When I went through bad flare ups, I was literally afraid to leave my home. I didn't even want to be stuck in the car for 20 minutes to get to work! I backed out of social engagements and was even afraid to go out to dinner with my DH. Then I found helpforibs dot com and it saved my life!!! I'm not trying to sound like a big advertisement or anything, but their all natural Acacia Tummy Fiber supplement has completely saved me. I've been stable for over 3 years now (since before I was even pg). They also have a pretty strict diet you can follow, which I did for about a year, but even since I gave up the diet the fiber supplement alone still seems to keep me stable. It's amazing. Just thought I would share because it has changed my life - and trust me I know just how debilitating IBS can be!!!

ETA: Just thought I'd clarify that their fiber supplement is a soluble fiber supplement, and that is what makes the difference. Increasing insoluble fiber, such as wheat bran, whole grains, many vegetables, etc., can actually make IBS symptoms worse.



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Registered: 04-22-2006
Mon, 05-02-2011 - 7:45am
Sandy - I'm so glad it has disappeared for you for the most part. Stress also triggers it for me, and there are a few things on my mind right now (going back to work, flying alone with Evan this week) that could be causing a flare up.

Mari - thanks! I think you're probably right.

Well, it looks like my body is making it's own decision. Since going down to 1 pump, my milk production has decreased substantially. It's sad in a way, but good too, because I'll be able to look after my self without feeling too guilty about it.

Thanks for the comments, ladies!




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Registered: 08-24-2005
Sun, 05-01-2011 - 10:10pm
Alyssa, if I were in your place, I would wean completely and start taking the meds ASAP. My mom suffers from IBS and I know how hard it is. It's just not worth it for only one pump a day. Good Luck with your decision!

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